By Aaron Quigley | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Online education has boomed this past decade. Students around the world—such as Masters Students in the Johns Hopkins School of Education—can now attend classes while sipping a latte in the campus coffee shop or anywhere else they can access the Internet, as a bulk of their classes are now online.
The downside, of course, is they may never meet their fellow classmates.
While online education is making learning more accessible, it can also alienate students from their peers. These virtual classrooms often lack academic conversation, collaboration, and debate—all of which push student thinking, and are an important part of the learning process.
Here are three ways to foster collaboration, encourage student-to-student interaction, and create a classroom community with your online class.
By Jethro Jones | Sunday, September 14, 2014
Are you interested in learning and becoming a better teacher? Twitter chats are one way to focus your learning and get tons of information in a very short amount of time.
You might even get so much information that you can’t get through it all. That’s OK! Take what will help you become a better teacher—and then share with others the tools and tips that worked for you.
By Aaron Quigley | Tuesday, September 02, 2014
As a college student, I learned to wrap my textbooks covers with a brown paper bag in order to keep the book looking new. This is a skill my own children will never learn.
They will never wait in line to sell back a 40-pound stack of books, and won’t have heavy boxes of outdated editions to move out of their dorm rooms.
The textbook is quickly becoming extinct. Emerging is a new wave of classroom technology that’s redefining what school looks like, and how we learn.
By Aaron Quigley | Friday, August 29, 2014
It’s back-to-school time, and that means shopping for paper, pencils, a ruler, and the various other tools of academia.
One surprising item popping up on school lists around the nation is an Internet-ready mobile device, such as an iPhone or iPad. Classrooms as young as kindergarten are working mobile applications into their curricula, hoping the technology can aid instructional pedagogy and increase student engagement and achievement. At the same time, these devices are helping teach students technical skills that translate to their future careers.
By Jethro Jones | Wednesday, August 20, 2014
You just got an iPad for your classroom, but—er—you’re not sure what to do with it yet.
Here are eight clever ways to use your iPad with your students right away.
By Aaron Quigley | Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Last week, Adobe launched a new version of Captivate 8, which adds an array of mobile learning tools on top of the already robust elearning software. The new release also includes a completely redesigned workspace with easy-to-navigate menus and better use of tool-bar real estate. The result: You can quickly create beautiful theme-based elearning content without ever touching code.
The new mobile features include responsive project designs. You can start with a responsive template to create projects that adapt to desktops, tablets, and mobile devices, all from a single file. Then turn on touch gesture support so learners can swipe between slides, double tap for a table of contents, or even pinch to zoom as they move through the elearning.
By lynda.com | Tuesday, May 06, 2014
It’s National Teacher Appreciation Week, and we at lynda.com would like to thank all the teachers who shape the minds and lives of learners young and old.
To celebrate your hard work and dedication to a brighter future, we’ve unlocked two lynda.com Education courses for you to watch this week: Flipping the Classroom and iPad Classroom: Apps for Educators.
By Jolie Miller | Thursday, September 05, 2013
Classrooms have gone digital, and with that comes a new set of teaching tools with the power to change everything you do as a teacher—from tracking grades to communicating with students and posting assignments and activities your class can access at all times. As you’re heading back into the classroom with a whole year stretched before you, here are three tips to get started with your digital classroom:
1. Try a new tech tool every month.
Find out what your students need most: more connection to each other, the ability to use iPads for their classwork, or perhaps the ability to complete and turn in assignments online? Pick an area you can start with and embrace one new piece of technology this month. Maybe it’s creating a classroom webpage or wiki, or just using school iPads in the classroom once a week. Monitor your students’ feedback, make adjustments as needed, and then commit to a new technology challenge for October.
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